Khetag Pliev has remarkably had his finger reattached by surgeons after it was somehow ripped clean off his hand during his Cage Fury bout against Devin Goodale last week.
Russian born Pliev completed in the London 2012 Olympics in wrestling for Canada, and now has an MMA record of 5-2 following his bizarre TKO defeat in Philadelphia.
After it was dislocated during the opening exchanges, the 37-year-old realised before the third round that his ring finger had been torn from his hand.
Following panic from coaches and promoters, the stadium announcer was prompted to ask fans in the front row to look for the digit, which had actually remained lodged in Pliev’s glove.
Now taking to Instagram, Pliev has thanked his friends, family and fans while hailing Dr. Maggie Wilson for reattaching his finger to help save his career.
He wrote: “My family, friends and fans. From the debts of my heart, you and God are my soul motivation! And to me you are all one and the same!!!
“To the hundreds of you I apologise I’m unable to respond individually but I want to let you know that I am ok. Finger is back in place.
“Love you all! God bless you all, and this fight is not over yet. Dr. Maggie Wilson did a [good] job.”
“In the second round, he caught my glove with one hand and held it,” Pliev told ESPN at the time.
“I felt my finger snapped. He kept pulling my glove and my finger snapped. We kept fighting.
“When the second round was finished, I see my [bone] was out in the open. I wanted to keep fighting, because I felt like I had this guy.
“But the doctor saw that and stopped the fight.”
CM Punk had said on the live broadcast: “It wasn’t a compound fracture, a break, it wasn’t a dislocation, a break, a laceration. His finger was just gone. It’s gone.”
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The doctor said he had torn 50% of all the tendons in the finger, and that he would need another procedure in the future to help the initial reattachment.
Promoter Rob Haydak was told by Pliev that the finger had been dislocated in the first round, and completely came off in the second before the TKO stoppage.
Haydak said: “It was crazy. He didn't even flinch. He was getting ready to do the [official] decision and I was like, 'Uh, guys, get him out of the cage and go put his finger back on.'"
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